Issues: Miscellaneous

NY 1: Albany Lawmakers Close To An On-Time Budget Deal

By: Erin Billups

As a deadline of April 1 approaches, state lawmakers say they are very close to a budget deal.

After emerging from a closed-door meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said they are close to a deal, and that there will be some school aid restoration in the budget.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said a deal could be reached as early as Friday evening.

That means there could be a vote on Monday.

March 25, 2011
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Senate Passes Klein Bill to Crack Down on Auto Insurance Fraud

Measure Would Increase Penalties for Criminals Who Forge Auto Insurance Cards

ALBANY, NY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) that would impose tougher penalties on those who commit auto insurance fraud, passed the State Senate today.

Klein’s bill (S.578) would make it a felony to forge an auto insurance card or certificate of insurance. In New York State, these documents are necessary to obtain the government issued documents, such as a vehicle registration, that are required to legally operate a motor vehicle.

March 24, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: ROCKAWAY PENINSULA Town Hall Meeting - About the New York State Budget

Sponsored by Rockaway Peninsula Legislators:

Senator Malcolm A. Smith

Assemblywoman Michele Titus

 

March 26, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Meeting - About the New York State Budget

Sponsored by Southeast Queens Legislators:Senator Malcolm A. SmithSenator Shirley L. HuntleyAssemblywoman Barbara ClarkAssemblywoman Vivian CookAssemblyman William ScarboroughAssemblywoman Michele TitusWe invite you to take part in an open forum to define the priorities for our community. Come share your thoughts on such issues as the State budget, neighborhood school funding, job creation and economic development.We want to hear from you before we vote!What's at risk?Education FundingHealthcare CutsMillionaire's taxpension reformSummer Youth Employment

March 25, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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LOCAL VOICES

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his proposed 2011-2012 state budget on February 1st and since then we've done our best to encourage local feedback on the potential impact of the governor's plan.

March 24, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN CRITICIZING OFFICIAL U.S. CENSUS FIGURES

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued a statement strongly criticizing the United States Census Bureau in response to the announcement of the official 2010 United States Census figures:

“The United States Census Bureau did an abominable job in conducting a full and thorough count of the people who reside in New York. These depressed numbers will be sure to have a long term effect on both federal and state funding for the City of New York. The truth of the matter is that this did not have to conclude this way.

March 24, 2011
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Chopper Noise: Squadron Responds to Reader Complaint

Brooklyn Heights Blog

by Claude Scales on 24. Mar, 2011

BHB reader drewb, who has frequently and helpfully commented on the helicopter noise problem, wrote to State Senator Daniel Squadron, and has received a reply which provides useful information and a guide to making effective complaints. The full text of the letter follows the jump.

Thank you for contacting me regarding helicopter traffic over Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights. I appreciate your vigilance in alerting us about ongoing helicopter concerns, so that we can continue to push for more effective rules and better enforcement.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Diane Savino’s Ferry Report Card

State Sen. Diane Savino dispatched staff to the St. George Ferry Terminal to man a mobile office. They responded to constituents’ queries, complaints and distributed and collected ferry report cards. Curtis HS students assisted in the collection and distribution in the afternoon.

Ms. Savino (D-North Shore) said she’s interested in riders’ opinions of the retail options in the terminals, and what additional amenities they might prefer.

Also, “the last survey highlighted the ferry riders’ discontent with bathroom cleanliness, buses/ferry coordination, smokers and security on the bus ramps,” Ms. Savino said. “I am interested to see what progress, if any, has been made in those areas.”

March 24, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: SENATE STANDS UP FOR MAPLE PRODUCERS

Senate Recognizes Maple 'Sugar Shacks' As Farm Buildings; Honors Maple Industry    State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today the state Senate passed a bill she sponsored to make bureaucrats  recognize maple sugar shacks as agricultural buildings. The bill aims to cut red tape that threatens the state's growing maple industry. The Senate also passed a resolution, at the height of "sugaring season" throughout New York State, honoring the state's 550 maple producers whose efforts have made the Empire State the second largest maple producing state in the nation.

March 24, 2011
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Sen. Farley Discusses Government With Fonda-Fultonville Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with political science students and teacher Mary Brown from Fonda-Fultonville High School on March 22nd. The students asked Senator Farley budget-related questions as part of a class assignment. The students were Nicolette Angioli, Kayla Bloom, Jaimyn Chang, Justin Danise, Michael Downing, Kyle Geniti, Zachary Godfrey, Chelsa Hutchins, Joshua Krajewski, Jessica Lozier and Ashley Paton.

March 24, 2011
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